Elisabeth Wheatley is a lifelong Texan who grew up on a steady diet of Xena: Warrior Princess, Gladiator, and Conan the Barbarian. She was raised on a ranch at “the corner of No and Where,” an hour from the nearest grocery store. She now makes her home in Austin. She considers the city to be a dumpster fire, but it is her dumpster fire and she loves it. There is plenty of kombucha and the local library is amazing.
As a child, she was coerced into watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by her cousins. That led down the slippery slope of reading the books, writing fanfiction, and starting what would become her Argetallam Saga.
Her first book, The Key of Amatahns, was published June 30, 2011, when she was 15 years old. By that time, her struggles with mental illness had started and would continue into her college years.
Elisabeth’s younger sister passed away unexpectedly in 2000 and Elisabeth was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The cythraul in Daindreth’s Assassin are based on her experiences with PTSD.
When she began college, her social anxiety was so severe, she couldn’t walk between classes. She would pretend to be a Mord’Sith inspecting a D’Haran garrison just to muster the nerve. (She still lowkey wants to be Tabrett Bethell when she grows up.)
With the help of a fantastic therapist and a lot of practice, Elisabeth can now talk to strangers and even do public speaking. Her “sad” days happen much less often and aren’t as bad when they do happen. She highly recommends professional help to anyone struggling with mental illness.
Elisabeth was fortunate enough to get a scholarship that allowed her to attend Concordia University Texas. She graduated with a degree no one can pronounce in a field no one cares about. A family of ravens lived on the roof of her dorm and she likes to imagine they were her acolytes.
The settings for her books are inspired by her two favorite regions—semi-arid central Texas and the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid runner and hiker and likes to imagine leading a battle charge while on the trails. She often negotiates her husband, Christian, into accompanying her.
After a disappointing stint with multiple dating apps, Elisabeth decided to try arranged marriage and hired a matchmaker. After a few more disappointments, she was introduced to Christian. She gave him a ring box on their first date and he didn’t run away. Inside was a D20 for playing Dungeons and Dragons and they still host weekly games where Elisabeth serves as Dungeon Master.
Elisabeth quickly found Christian to be the culmination of all her favorite book boyfriends in human form. They were married in April 2022. Their wedding vows blatantly plagiarized Brandon Sanderson quotes and their rings are inscribed with the First Ideal of the Knights Radiant.
Christian is into technology and memes and can be found at glssjg.com.